Bitcoin, ether, crypto stocks plummet following bumper U.S. jobs figures

Quick Take

  • Non-farm payrolls in the U.S. came in at 263,000, above estimates of 200,000. Bitcoin and ether fell sharply following the release.
  • Coinbase, Block, Silvergate and MicroStrategy all fell in line with U.S. stock indices. 
  • The U.S. Dollar Index rose sharply. 

Cryptocurrencies dropped in line with equities, while U.S. Treasury yields rose after U.S. jobs data for November beat expectations. 

Non-farm payrolls for the month came in above estimates at 263,000. Economists had predicted 200,000 new jobs.

Bitcoin experienced a sharp sell-off following the news, falling below $17,000 by 9:45 a.m. to $16,918, according to TradingView. 

BTCUSD chart by TradingView

Ether was flat over the past 24 hours, trading around $1,284.

Other cryptocurrencies were pressed following the news: Binance's BNB fell 4.4%, Ripples XRP dropped 3% and Cardano fell 1%. Dogecoin and shiba inu were both down over the past day, dropping by 5.6% and 0.8%, respectively. 

The DXY — which measures the U.S. dollar versus a basket of other currencies — jumped around 0.42%, to 106.060. Bitcoin's price in dollars tends to move lower when the dollar strengthens.


DXY chart by TradingView 

Crypto stocks and structured products

The Nasdaq 100 fell around 1.5% following the better-than-expected jobs figures, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.1%. 

Coinbase shares opened down, dropping almost 3% by 9:45 a.m. EST, according to Nasdaq data. 

Silvergate, which fell 8% on Thursday, saw shares down 1.2%.

Block fell almost 3%, while MicroStrategy dipped a little over 1%.

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